Who We Are and Our Gardening Philosophy and Other Interests
Lindy Dewey, Program Director and Wellness Coordinator, is the mother of three grown sons and a seasoned healing arts practitioner with craniosacral and polarity therapies who relocated to NW Montana from Vermont in 2008. She enjoys vibrant health and the year round outdoor recreational opportunities that are boundless next to and in the Crown Jewel of Glacier National Park.
SpiritWorks farming practices embrace the philosophies of organic farming, crop diversity, companion planting, permaculture concepts, soil health, sustainability, wildcrafting, learning from research and observation, listening to nature and to each other.
Our organic agricultural practices incorporate companion planting, raised beds, intensive wide row planting and design with function and beauty. Lindy feels a bit like an artist using plants for paints and the land as her canvas. Sounds corny, but a visit here reveals the truth of this.
Lindy gardened most of her life in Northern New England, in the foothills of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont, and enjoys researching and experimenting with what grows well here in Montana and incorporating newly learned permaculture concepts. Can you believe she is growing artichokes and peaches in NW Montana with great success? This surprised her.
The farm's production focus is medicinal foods and herbs, food for those working on site to consume, and food to put by for the winter. Our long term goal includes creating a significant harvest of medicinal foods, herbs and value added herb products that we sell wholesale, at the onsite farm apothecary store and at local farmer's markets.
There is a healing sanctuary on site and exposure to a wide spectrum of healing arts and touch therapies are available to those interested when time allows. Lindy teaches and offers health building resources that will stretch and expand your wellness and vitality. A link to her healing arts practice can be found at www.spiritworks.us.
We hike, camp, bike, raft whenever we can as this area is inexhaustibly beautiful.
Lindy's eldest son, Arthur, who has Down Syndrome, lives here and works with everyone in the gardens. Arthur loves to shoot hoops, hike, ski, raft, camp, and ride bikes. Though at first hard to understand, most find him totally delightful due to his great smile and engaging sense of humor.
Jake, our farm dog, is Arthur's buddy and welcomes all who come here.
Megan Neary, Apothecary Manager, Assistant Farm Manger and co-Assistant Program Director was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She studied Geology and Geophysics at Purdue University. After college, she began working as a seismic engineer for an oil and gas service company.
In an effort to give back to the land, rather than aid in its exploitation, she served a summer as a youth crew leader for Montana's Conservation Corps. Her love of the Flathead Valley, interests in farming, and wellness led to her occupancy on SpiritWorks Herb Farm since August of 2018.
She now serves as the Apothecary Manager, Farm Manager Assistant and co-Assistant Program Director. She is able to express her fascination of regenerative agriculture and herbalism in these roles.
Megan loves to play outside. She enjoys hiking, rock climbing, reading, music, art, learning new things, traveling, and cooking. She also trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Todd Nestell, Farm Manager, Assistant Apothecary Manager and co-Assistant Program Manager grew up in a small farming town in West Michigan.
After community college, Todd decided to leave his job as a landscape Foreman and begin traveling the US. Throughout numerous occupations Todd began to sense his dream job lied somewhere between working to promote nutrition, and having a connection with land and what it can produce.
On a whim, and in an effort to travel, Todd landed as a Spiritworks intern in 2016. Two years later he returned only to realize Montana was where he wanted to be.
Stepping into the roll of Farm Manager he is eager to show what he's learned in years as a professional landscaper and incorporate that knowledge to organic herbal farming. He is grateful to be free of environmentally harmful products of his previous trade and to promote personal health and well being for all.
Todd's hobbies and interests include backpacking, photography, thirfting, music, and d-i-y. He's constructing his future tiny home.